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The Bolt Prospects Podcast, Episode 91

This week’s “Steven F. Stamkos Edition” of the Bolt Prospects Podcast includes the following topics:

· The No. 91
· Where were you when…
· Stamkos rankings
· Trade deadline’s impact on Lightning off the ice
· Defensemen, not defenseman, a summer project
· Syracuse gets deadline attention
· Interview with Dominik Masin
· Syracuse Coach Benoit Groulx talks Dom Masin development

Blog: Yzerman sleeping peacefully on bed of cash

There’s no truth to the rumor that Lightning GM Steve Yzerman got his first good night’s sleep in months last night by laying on a bed of cash – about $5 million worth of that thin green paper.

We like a good story, so we’re going with it. And really, he deserved to sleep on that cash after his latest jedi-like roster moves to keep the future of the Tampa Bay Lightning on course.

To review:

Tampa Bay acquired G Peter Budaj, D Erik Cernak, a 2017 seventh-round draft pick and a 2017 conditional draft pick from Los Angeles for G Ben Bishop and a 2017 fifth-round draft pick.

Acquired F Byron Froese and a conditional 2017 second-round draft pick from Toronto for F Brian Boyle.

Traded C Valtteri Filppula and 2017 fourth- and seventh-round draft picks to Philadelphia for D Mark Streit, who was traded to Pittsburgh for a 2018 fourth-round draft pick.

Masin's Progression Earns Him More Ice Time With Crunch


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Dominik Masin has made significant strides during his rookie season in Syracuse.

Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx believes Masin is one of the most improved players on the team, and has increased the defenseman’s responsibilities throughout the season.

Masin is continuing to earn more ice time in all situations as he develops with the Crunch.

“The improvement he’s made this year is huge,” Groulx said. “He’s made big steps forward. … At first when he came in, we would use him five minutes a game. Now he’s playing 18, 19, 20 minutes a game. He’s playing power play. He’s playing (on the penalty kill). That shows you how much he has improved.”

Lightning Power Play Live: February 27, 2017

I was fortunate enough to be on Lightning Radio’s Lightning Power Play Live on Monday, discussing the Bishop trade, Cernak, and the trade deadline in general. Give it a listen:

Click here to listen

Note: I’ll try to do a full podcast after the trade deadline comes and goes.

Point’s Play Helps Fuel Bolts’ Turnaround

By Steven DiOssi

Brayden Point started the season as a surprise addition to the Tampa Bay Lightning’s roster out of training camp, but throughout the year he’s consistently shown why he should be in the NHL.

Since returning from an injury he suffered on Dec. 28 that kept him out of the lineup for more than a month, the 20-year-old forward has accumulated seven points and is a plus-6 in nine games. He’s been held off the scoresheet just three times and has arguably been playing his best hockey of late, skating at center and putting together a four-game point streak from Feb. 10 to Feb. 19.

He began the season playing the wing position despite traditionally playing as a center throughout his career — primarily because that’s where he fit into the lineup when Steven Stamkos was healthy. However, he’s been centering Alex Killorn and Jonathan Drouin — players that complement his speed and creativity, while also helping ease his transition to the position at the NHL level.

The Bolt Prospects Podcast, Episode 90

This is this week’s “Vladdy Namestnikov II Edition” of the Bolt Prospects Podcast includes the following topics:

· The No. 90 (and 65)
· Vladdy’s falling ceiling
· Greg Linnelli interview recap
· Drouinsanity driving the Lightning
· The Ben Bishop dilemma
· The Tyler Johnson dilemma
· Let’s start here: Jake Dotchin is an NHL defenseman
· Interview with Adam Erne

Crunch's Erne Doesn't Miss a Beat in Return From Injury


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Adam Erne looks like he hasn’t missed a beat.

The Syracuse Crunch forward missed a little more than a month with a lower body injury, but was able to return to the lineup last weekend. Erne recorded three points in a 5-2 win over Rochester Saturday, and added a goal in Sunday’s 3-2 victory in Utica.

Erne is focused on consistency as he pushes for a spot in the NHL.

“It’s just a matter of getting back in a game and getting used to the speed and whatnot,” Erne said of his return. “Luckily, it didn’t take too long. Now it’s just a matter of doing it night in and night out.”

The Bolt Prospects Podcast, Episode 89

This is this week’s “Cory Conacher Edition” of the Bolt Prospects Podcast includes the following topics:

· The No. 89
· Conacher-Bishop trade and its similarities to today
· TB has “mo” on its side, but is it too late?
· Trade deadline an opportunity too good to pass up
· Farm’s D has holes to be filled
· Interview with Tanner Richard

Crunch's Richard Benefits From Video Session


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Breaking down the video helped show Tanner Richard his options.

The Syracuse Crunch center sat down with head coach Benoit Groulx for a 25-minute video session after Richard returned to the lineup last week. Richard, who has been primarily a pass-first type of player, and Groulx went through each shift by the second, shared their thought processes and the choices available on each play.

Richard hopes to continue to refine his decision-making skills with the puck as he continues to develop with the Crunch.

“We were looking at shifts and the passes I made and he would ask what I should have done there,” Richard said. “I’m thinking ‘Well, I made a pretty good pass right on our guy’s tape and he got in a shooting position,’ but then he’s like ‘OK, look at all this free ice. You could have taken it yourself.’

“You want to try and take more control of the game instead of always giving the puck away.”

The Bolt Prospects Podcast, Episode 88

This week’s “Andrei Vasilevskiy Edition” of the Bolt Prospects Podcast includes the following topics:

· The No. 88
· Vasilevskiy pre-draft scouting reports read like Superman comics
· TB’s immediate goaltending future
· Brian Boyle as a trade piece
· Farm overflowing with forward prospects
· Syracuse’s playoff potential

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